Project 313 Artwork 7

Project 313 | Artwork 7 – 19 May 2018

Title:Jonah Lomu Legend

We helped a friend today breaking up rocks, cutting his trees and stumps down. He is not well. He is on dialysis. When they named the All Blacks today, I reflected back when Jonah Lomu was in his prime playing for the All Blacks.. With his illness and was able to achieve so much. I remember a few years ago I was carving in a wood symposium way in the mountains of France in a village called St Pierre de Charteruse. Not many people spoke English. When people found out I was from Nouvell Zealand they would say LOMU LOMU and poke their tongues out at me like doing our haka. I was amazed at how much of a legend he was especially way over in France out in the middle of the country. Never forgotten and will always be remembered.

Title:Jonah Lomu Legend

Medium: Oil pastel on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 7 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Project 313 Artwork 6

Project 313 | Artwork 6 – 18 May 2018

Tonight I got to chill out a little and watch the Vodafone Warriors beat Parramata Eels. Great to see Isaac Luke dot down for a try which sealed the win. Last week they were thrashed by the Sydney Roosters 32-0. Although they were missing a couple of their stars they never gave up, believed in themselves and won the game.

Title: Vodafone Warriors

Medium: Coloring pencil on paper | Scale: 570mm x 770mm | No: 6 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

Project 313 Artwork 5

Project 313 | Artwork 5 – 17 May 2018

We have nine grandchildren, 1 died still born. As parents we try to bring our children up the best way we can. We are not perfect. I have learnt we do all our very best to nurture, support, protect and provide for our children so they can grow up and do the same for our tamariki mokopuna (grandchildren) They are our treasured taonga (precious).

Title: Tamariki Mokopuna- Grandchildren

Medium:  Colouring pencil on paper

Scale: 570mm x 770mm

No: 5 Artwork Project 313


Project 313 | Artwork 4 – 16 May 2018

When I was at school we had to learn the French language. To this day I still don’t understand why? When my mum was at school in the Cook Islands she was punished for speaking Te Reo. When my dad was at school he too was punished for speaking Te Reo, Unfortunately my parents did not teach me or any of my siblings Te Reo because of what happened to them at school.

Today at work we were blessed to be taught how to recite our pepeha (identity of where you come from, your roots to the land, ancestors and family) Our language is a precious taonga (gift,treasure) handed down from generations for us today to learn and pass on to children (tamariki) and grandchildren (mokopuna).

Title: Te Reo- Maori Language

Medium:  ink pen on paper

Scale: 570mm x 770mm

No: 4 Artwork Project 313

Project 313 Artwork 3

Project 313 | Artwork 3 – 15 May 2018

My colleague I work with every day is an inspiration for me. Liz Tito. She is 72 years old. Works 2 jobs. A mother and grandmother. Reliable, lovable and fun to work with.

I see a lot of people each day, unable to get a job, some feel they can never get a job and some just don’t want to work and live off the system.

I was out of work for 10 months. With all the qualifications I had one would think it would be easy to get a job. After 40 odd job applications still unsuccessful. I started feeling hopeless, my qualifications meant nothing, and I easily went into a state of depression. I felt like I couldn’t do anything.

I finally got a job only by word of mouth from my mother to another wonderful colleague and it boosted my confidence back up. I was grateful I could work, help people suffering Long Term Conditions and to earn money.

Title: Liz Tito

Medium:  colouring pencil on paper

Scale: 570mm x 770mm

No: 3 Artwork Project 313

Project 313 | Artwork 2 – 14 May 2018

6 weeks ago I was told I couldn’t play squash because of my torn muscles in my right shoulder. I love this game with a passion. Today I went to see a specialist if there was any hope me ever playing again. I turned up to the reception desk, 1 reception was busy serving a customer the other was doing nothing and could see me standing there. She left me standing there for about 5 minutes. So I waited patiently then a European couple came and stood behind me. She ignored me and looked at them saying can I help you. They immediately walked in front of me and she served them first. I said very frustrated am I invisible I have been standing here for 5 minutes and you served them first. ( I am 6ft 3 hard to miss) she said I did ask if I could help you. I felt racially discriminated because I was brown and she ignored me.

I supported my younger brother today at a disciplinary job meeting. Although he had all the facts from emails and contracts his bosses tried to make him feel worthless and he is theirrecruiting consultant.

This artwork I have named Kotahitanga – to be united as one.

Title: Kotahitanga- Be United as one

Medium:  ink pen on paper

Scale: 570mm x 770mm

No: 2 Artwork Project 313

Project 313 Artwork 1

Project 313 | Artwork 1 – 12 May 2018

Today I was reflecting about my mother and how she loved, nurtured all 10 of us children. Tiare Maori is one of her favourite tropical flowers from the Cook Islands.I remember my grandmother always sewing Tivaevae (colourful bed spread with flowers)with other mama’s. I was inspired to create this art piece with pastels. I enjoyed myself it was like I was a child again colouring in and pondering over some values my mother taught us like been charitable, caring and service to others.
Title: Toku inangaro i taku mama – My love for my mother Medium: Pastel and ink pen on paper Scale: 570mm x 770mm No: 1 Artwork Project 313


PROJECT 313: Acknowledging our mothers.

Project 313 is a tribute to my mum as an appreciation for nurturing me and my 9 other siblings. Some of her attributes she taught each of us was to be charitable to others, to work hard, love and respect everyone and to keep the home clean and tidy.

A special day we can all honour and acknowledge our mothers.

I will make my 1st artwork this Saturday and gift it to my mum on Mother’s day Sunday 13 May 2018 which will start the numbering of artworks at no.1 leading up to no.313 to Mother’s day 2019.

There is 365 days in the year. Take out all the Sundays your left with 313 days. I will create an artwork on quality art paper 560mm x 760mm. Each day my Artwork will reflect what inspired me or something I may have learnt or experienced. The completed Artwork will be posted up on my website and other social media links at midnight each day for sale at $1500 each (NZ currency)

Limited edition of 313 prints of each of the 313 artworks will be for sale at $300 each for numbers 1-10. $150 each numbers 11-313.

Payments can be made on line direct debit into the bank account. If you would like to pre-book dates during the calendar you can pay a non-refundable deposit of $313. Your selected date will display sold and reserved for you. On the day final payment (+ freight costs) will need to be paid and the Artwork will be sent to you. There will be a disclaimer on the website.

 After 25 years of service helping people with Health and Education my wife and I are very excited about this project and look forward to seeing the finished 313 Artworks, Project 313 full coloured book and to personally meet all the Dr Richard Cooper Art Collectors at the Book Launch 4th July 2019.

The Charitable Trusts Dr Richard Cooper Fine Arts will support is The Self Recue Program and The Papakura Marae Society helping people with Long Term Conditions.

For $1500 investment you get:

  1. Original Dr Richard Cooper Artwork
  2. Authentication Certificate
  3. Artwork published in 313 full colour Book
  4. Exclusive invitation to the 313 Book Launch 2019
  5. Option for Dr Richard Cooper Art Collector to have a photo of themselves in the book
  6. Artworks to be exhibited online Dr Richard Cooper Virtual Art Gallery for 2 weeks global exposure
  7. If investor purchases 3 original artworks they become an official Patron of the Dr Richard Cooper Collective.
  8. Patron’s names acknowledged on website and in Project 313 book.
  9. Limited edition of 313 prints of each of the 313 numbered artworks
  10. The limited edition of 313 prints will instantly add significant value to the original artwork
Dr Richard Cooper Fine Arts